At St John’s we believe that Jesus is good news for all people, everywhere. We are concerned particularly to support those working overseas to bring the good news to others. We support four projects financially and prayerfully.
1. Zimbabwe. This link is with New Growth Ministries and the MacKenzie family, who bought a rundown farm in Zimbabwe. As land and property began to be taken away from farmers, food dried up and the MacKenzies began supporting local people and children.
They are now responsible for running a social welfare and feeding programme. Over 200 families, some with no adults remaining alive, receive maize, clothing, blankets, school fees, uniforms and many other items of support at monthly distributions. They also run an orphanage for 24 children.
2. Mission Aviation Fellowship. MAF’s purpose is to speed physical and spiritual care to people in places of deepest human need, giving hope to far-flung communities which might take days or weeks to reach by land where roads may be non-existent, or impassable for half the year – remote places where flying is not a luxury but a lifeline. MAF’s planes have been serving countless thousands of men, women and children, bringing medical care, emergency food and Christian hope.
Today worldwide, the MAF partnership operates over 130 aircraft from bases in 30 countries, enabling the work of aid and development agencies, missions, national churches and other local groups, and carrying their dedicated teams bringing healing and relief for body, mind and spirit.
3. Persecuted Church. Millions of Christians face persecution because of their faith in Christ. Some face physical and mental violence, even death. Others are falsely imprisoned or denied religious liberties such as the right to worship or to share their faith.
We are supporting some organisations who seek to give help to the persecuted church, and want to encourage church members to pray for and write to persecuted Christians.
4. Five Talents. Five Talents is a Christian run micro-financing project that operates in Africa, Latin America and Asia. The idea is simple—small loans are given that help fight poverty, create jobs and transform lives. When the loans are repaid, the money is “recycled” to help others. Small loans empower the poor to grow their own businesses with dignity. Group responsibility encourages timely repayments. A £50 starting loan is a significant cash injection for many small businesses in Africa where the average wage can be around £20 per month. Clients often buy equipment, stock, or raw materials and make profits on the retail sales.